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Those people who insist on going to Whole Foods to purchase a $50 gallon of “pure, raw, all natural, local” honey because it’s the “true medicine” and “natural remedy” for their ailments — namely, allergies.  Gawd, those people are annoying.

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Don’t misunderstand me; I love honey.  However, it’s not accurate to say honey cures allergies, for a few reasons.  First off, there is not enough pollen in honey to really make a difference (there’s only about 0.1 – 0.4% of pollen in honey).  Secondly, the pollen produced by flowers is heavy, large, and sticky particles, therefore they don’t travel well through the air.  This would explain why bees are critical in the pollination process since they are the ones who “carry” flower pollen from place to place.  The pollen people are usually allergic to are trees, grass and weeds; that pollen travels through the air.  Therefore, eating the tiny amounts of pollen in honey would not help desensitize you since you are, in fact, allergic to a different type of pollen.

There has yet to be a legitimate, reliable study that suggests honey helps allergies.  There also hasn’t been a study that suggests a spoonful a day is harmful so…. give it a go.  But don’t spout incorrect data off to your friends and family like you’ve found a miracle, cure-all.  The only thing you’ve found is a comfort measure.  Congratulations.  End of story.  Move on.

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